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Ballon d'Alsace

Nestled in the Ballons des Vosges Regional Natural Park at the convergence of three regions of character, the Ballon d’Alsace has all the charms to ensure a successful stay in summer and winter alike. This national registered site is the highest point in the southern Vosges mountains with its 1247-metre altitude. 

 

Nestled in the Ballons des Vosges Regional Natural Park at the convergence of three regions of character, the Ballon d’Alsace has all the charms to ensure a successful stay in summer and winter alike. This national registered site is the highest point in the southern Vosges mountains with its 1247-metre altitude. 

A national registered site and the biggest summit of the southern Vosges mountains, the Ballon d'Alsace is perfect for young and old with its many year-round sport and recreational activities.

The ski resort, awarded "2 Nordiques" by Nordique France, invites you to race down its snowy ski slopes. Or perhaps you prefer a snow-shoeing excursion while the little ones delight in spectacular toboggan rides. TheAcroBull is available for winter or summer fun on snow or grass.

Summertime pursuits include all-terrain bicycle rides, rambling and many other activities that can be enjoyed alone, with family or amongst friends. Its marked trails promise beautiful walks with breath-taking panoramas over the surrounding valleys and a shimmering array of ponds, lakes, streams and rivers.

If you choose to walk along the Interpretation and Discovery trail, you can ramble around the summit and learn from explanatory signs that will teach you about the environment and preserving nature.

The Acropark is a great place to embark on adventure! A lofty trek for children and adults, discover the forest from a new angle!
And for the most intrepid, the Ballon d’Alsace offers extreme sports like paragliding.

This is also a rallying point for cycling tourists who scale the summit via one of its three slopes; the Tour de France has been through here more than 30 times.

The pure, transparent waters are favoured by trout and many other species, and are certain to please fishing enthusiasts.

As a long-disputed piece of land, the Ballon d'Alsace is also a historic site. The milestones which marked the 1871 boundary between France and Germany are still visible. The statue of Joan of Arc—inaugurated in 1909—attests to Alsace's devotion to France and the monument to mine-clearing specialists erected in 1952 recalls the sacrifice of some 600 men killed around the Ballon.

With its completely protected natural assets, this verdant jewel box is truly heavenly for anyone who loves nature in its purest state.



For ramblers, topographical information can be downloaded.

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